Louisiana, Florida and Nevada were added to a Chicago Department of Public Health travel advisory Wednesday along with the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Under the advisory, unvaccinated individuals from those areas are advised to obtain a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival in Chicago or to quarantine for a 10-day period upon arrival. As it is an advisory rather than an order, these actions are not required. Vaccinated individuals are exempt.
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States are being added to the list as the country sees “a steady increase in new COVID-19 cases” according to a Chicago press release. Missouri and Arkansas were added to the list last week for surpassing the threshold of 15 cases per day, per 100,000 residents. Both states remain on the list this week.
Data collected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data tracker show that Louisiana has an infection rate of 20.9 per 100,000 people, Florida has a rate of 23.4, Nevada has a rate of 18.1, the U.S.
Virgin Islands have a rate of 20.2, Missouri has a rate of 33.8 and Arkansas has a rate of 27.4.
“Returning Chicago residents and out-of-state visitors arriving in Chicago are urged to get vaccinated and abide by all remaining federal, state, and local safety measures,” said the Chicago travel advisory. Vaccinated individuals should bring their vaccination records while traveling.
Masks are still are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations, the press release added.